The first weekend in September has seen the Melbourne Esports Open 2018 descend upon the city’s Olympic Park. Tucked away in the Margaret Court Arena was the FGC stage, ready for its debut appearance at the event. Five titles were played across the weekend, including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V.
The turnout by both players and fans to the inaugural FGC stage event was impressive and welcoming, and it is hopefully a sign of things to come in future years. Highlights included Saber’s win with Cloud against Joe in the SSB Wii U final, as well as the nail-biting finish to SSBM‘s final between DarkSided’s Spud and Melbourne Order’s Sora.
1. VS.DS | Spud
2. ORDER | Sora
3. LGC | DonB
4. OsP | Microsoft J
7. HoC | Noxus
Unfortunately, there was no footage of the Street Fighter V Top 8, but most noteworthy was Melbourne Order’s RoF on his 3rd consecutive win of a grand final in Australia.
1 ORDER | RoF
2. VS.DS | ZG
3. ORDER | Travis Styles
Based in Australia, I owe my love of esports to my partner’s involvement with Masterminds Gaming Club. In my spare time, I write game reviews for Neon Lights Gaming and troll my favourite streamers’ Twitch chats. I like to eat Nutella straight out of the jar, and If I invite you out for coffee, it means “You can have a coffee if you want; I’m getting a triple-choc Nutella popcorn milkshake with cookie crumb”.